Communication Errors Are a Leading Cause of Medical Malpractice

Communication Errors Are a Leading Cause of Medical Malpractice

Three medical malpractice actions were recently filed against a regional hospital. Each of these lawsuits was based on critical communication failures, which led to substantial birth injuries. In fact, the failure of communication between staff in the delivery room is one of the leading causes of injuries to newborns. Communication errors can occur where doctors and other health care professionals don't communicate well with each other – by failing to adequately notate actions taken or necessary, failing to ensure patients receive the proper treatment when "handed-off", or failing to follow-up on a patient's care. Additionally, communication errors may occur when medical staff fail to listen to the patient.

When communication errors occur in the labor and delivery room, birth injuries can result such as brain injuries, cerebral palsy, mental retardation, and even, wrongful death.

If you believe communication errors or other form of medical malpractice may have led to you child suffering a birth injury, it is important to immediately consult with a skilled San Diego birth injury attorney. An experienced San Diego birth negligence lawyer can begin an investigation into all of the factors that may have affected your child's birth process.

One of the recently filed medical malpractice lawsuits alleges that doctors failed to recognize and respond in a timely manner to a woman's labor process and that the woman needed a C-Section. Further, once doctors determined the operation was needed, they waited an unreasonable amount of time before performing the procedure. As the result of numerous delays and critical communication failures, the child boy was critically deprived of oxygen for around 14 minutes, resulting in catastrophic brain injuries including permanent brain damage and cerebral palsy, according to the lawsuit.

Communication errors of any sort in a hospital threaten patient safety – especially those that occur during labor and delivery. If you believe your newborn has suffered harm as the result of medical negligence we urge you to contact the dedicated San Diego medical negligence attorneys at Bostwick & Peterson immediately.


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